Julie Wallace; Owner/Instructor/Life Coach
Julie’s dedication to the instruction of yoga, holistic approach for healthy living, and general encouragement for overall wellbeing resonates through her life experiences as well as the programs offered at Bloom Yoga & Wellness. Having experienced the transformative power of yoga in her own life, she is a strong believer in yoga as an essential healing element for both mind and body. She is committed to bringing the gift of yoga to her students in an arena of comfort and safety. She is trained extensively in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga and received her core training from the prestigious Yoga Vidya Gurukul located in Nasik, India. As a certified Ma Yoga Prenatal Technique instructor, her prenatal classes offer an invigorating and empowering practice that includes instinctive positioning and movements to help prepare the mind and body for birth. Certified in Therapeutic Yoga through Cheri Clampett and The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program, Julie addresses the individual and diverse needs of her students including the aging population, and those confronted with chronic illness or injury. Outside of yoga, Julie is a licensed and specialty-certified New Life Story® Coach. This unique, proven system of coaching blends the insights of psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics with strategic coaching mentoring clients to live life to the fullest. Aside from New Life Story® Coaching, Julie is also a Certified Life Coach offering guidance and expertise in the areas of health and wellness, midlife transitions, relationships, and overall personal growth. Additionally, Julie is an Authorized Coach of Dr. Jonny Bowden’s Diet Boot Camp System™ enabling clients to employ a mind body connection empowering them to be healthier, happier, and more productive. Julie continues to study and train with the objective of bringing a higher practice to all her clients.
ALISA DELMONTE; INSTRUCTOR
Alisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher trained in vinyasa as well as the quiet practices of yin and restorative yoga. Alisa is also an AFAA certified Group Fitness and Pilates Instructor and continues to expand her experience. Alisa found yoga more than 10 years ago after the birth of her first child. As a new mother with a demanding corporate career she was initially drawn to yoga as a way to find balance in a sometimes unbalanced world. It was originally the quiet time for reflection and movement that drew her to yoga, but it was a chronic back injury and illness that kept bringing her back to the mat as a way to heal and a way to compliment other physical exercise. She believes in the benefits of yoga for all, including athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Her fitness and yoga classes will nourish both the body and mind, providing strength, flexibility and balance. Alisa discovered that lessons we learn on the mat can be much more meaningful in daily life off the mat and looks forward to sharing that with others.
AMANDA DONDELINGER; INSTRUCTOR
Amanda began work on the mat in the early 2000’s when she picked up a book on Pilates. Pilates, having its origins in yoga, brought her discovery of Hatha yoga a few years later. She fell in love with the medicinal and curative aspects of yoga, and the deep feeling of calm and peace that she was able to achieve through practice.
Desiring to share yoga with others, Amanda completed her teacher training through Bhogah Yoga School under the direction of Brianne Davidson and became a certified RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance. She was also recently trained in minimal prop restorative yoga, and is certified as a registered prenatal yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Amanda is also a CPC (certified professional coach) through iPEC, and offers life coaching services. She is excited to continue her journey as a yoga teacher and life coach, enjoying the process along the way.
AMY GOUSSE; INSTRUCTOR
In 2008, Amy discovered Yoga, which gave her a new, positive perspective on life. After attending Bloom Yoga for prenatal classes, she knew one day she would impart that feeling of well being and happiness she felt there to future students. In 2013, Amy completed the 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training through Bhogah Yoga School (Yoga Alliance Compliant). Along with being a Registered Yoga Instructor, Amy also has a strong passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles. She is a a certified PiYo® Strength Instructor, and is nationally certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She enjoys the pursuit of staying in shape, living life with an open mind and heart, and being a wife and mom. Every day is a learning experience, so let Amy show you how yoga and fitness together heal and light up.
BETHANY WALLACE; INSTRUCTOR
Bethany was first introduced to yoga in 2004 while studying dance at The University of Colorado. She found that yoga helped ease the aches and pains of her dancer body and provided a quiet space in her hectic schedule. After only a few classes, she knew she had to share her love of yoga through teaching.
Soon after, she began studying under the instruction of Barbara Ruzansky at West Hartford Yoga, where she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Bethany continued her studies training with Ellen Heed, Jill Miller, Jillian Pransky, Ray Long, Heather Tiddens, and others. Bethany is a certified Prenatal Yoga teacher, Restorative Yoga teacher, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour experienced yoga teacher. She is also a trained BarSculpt instructor.
Bethany’s passion is bringing yoga into underserved communities. She has worked with the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington and has volunteered yoga classes with the Connecticut State Veteran’s home in Rocky Hill, Girl Scouts of America, and The Bridge.
Bill Lynch is an instructor of Transformation Meditation (A form of Mindfulness Meditation). For years he has had an interest in the health and well-being of others and has aimed to make the lives of others more peaceful. Four years ago his son, a Yoga Teacher, explained the art of Yoga and Meditation to him, inspiring a transformative series of events in Bill’s life. He began practicing Yoga and proceeded to learn more about the ancient art of meditation. Following a 10 day Mindfulness Meditation of pure silence, he proceeded to read more about the practice and discovered how it could aid him in his desire to help others. Recently, Bill completed a teacher training course in Transformation Meditation and received his Meditation Teacher’s Certificate. He is excited to share his passion for the art of meditation and to help other’s find peace and tranquility within themselves
CLEMENTENE DELANEY; INSTRUCTOR
Clem shares her love for yoga by helping students obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She completed her 200 hour YOGASpirit® Studios Teacher Training from Kim Valeri in Hamden, CT. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance® as RYT 200 hour, and CPR and Standard First Aid certified. Dedicated to the art of yoga, Clem has attended well over 100+ hours of training with various master yoga teachers including Seane Corne, Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Amy Reed, Jarvis Chen, Jill Miller, Tias Little, Anne Greene, and Judith Lasater. As a real estate agent since 1985, Clem understands yoga as a vital force to de-stress and re-energize the body in today’s hectic lifestyle. Teaching yoga since 2008, her classes support students in balancing the body, mind, and spirit.
CYNTHIA GRIFFIN; INSTRUCTOR
Cynthia Griffin, an avid exercise enthusiast, started her journey in 1984 with bodybuilding and aerobics. Finding that something was missing in her routines, she ventured into Tai Chi Chun, belly dancing and yoga. Cynthia is a certified Embodyoga Instructor and personal trainer. She combines her techniques and knowledge to create well-balanced and flowing classes. Cynthia is also a Connecticut licensed massage therapist and has been bringing relaxation to her clients since 2003.
DAVID MACHARELLI; INSTRUCTOR
David walked into yoga classroom in 2003 with little idea what to expect and was taken with it immediately. The eventual transformation in body & personality was startling. Through yoga, a man with little confidence who was utterly mortified by public speaking restored the long forgotten playful, inquisitive, extrovert that he’d been as a child. After developing a strong practice, he was slowly coaxed into a teacher training in 2011.
With an open mind to trying new things and a love of constant tinkering with different sequences, poses & cues, his style is best described as a challenging eclectic Vinyasa, combining elements of several different yoga schools. He is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT200.
When not teaching or practicing yoga, David is an artist, actor, volunteer for arts organizations and animal rescues. He lives in Waterbury with his wife Shannon, their two cats & a spoiled pug.
Gina has always had a strong passion for Health and Wellness. She holds a B.S. in Health Education and has worked in the Health and Fitness field for over 15 years. She discovered yoga while she was pregnant with her third child and has been practicing ever since. She has worked in both the Corporate and Commercial Fitness Industries and taught various fitness and wellness classes such as Strengthening, Zumba, Cycling, Kickboxing, Nutrition Classes, and Personal Training. Gina recently made the decision to expand her repertoire by becoming a certified yoga instructor, and is currently pursuing her certification through the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program at Bloom Yoga Fitness. She is thrilled to have taken this step along her wellness journey and looks forward to deepening her understanding of yoga. Gina joined Bloom’s team of instructors in 2015 and looks forward to sharing her expertise and enthusiasm with Bloom’s clients. Her classes provide a safe and friendly environment where students of all backgrounds and abilities are motivated and inspired.
Kristen’s passion for wellness emerged in 2012 when she discovered the Bloom Community in her hometown. After making some important and significant lifestyles changes to her nutritional approach, Kristen began to slowly incorporate both strength and cardio workouts offered at the Bloom studio. These changes resulted in substantial weight loss for Kristen but more significantly, an overall improvement in her health, happiness, and well-being. Kristen’s approach to wellness is holistic, integrating mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Her physical self is cared for through proper nutrition and exercise to build and maintain strength, endurance, and flexibility. Inspired by one of Bloom’s own instructors, Kristen became certified to teach Piloxing in 2013 and began teaching regularly in February 2014. Kristen continues to participate at Bloom regularly as a student and considers herself a lifelong learner in self-improvement. Kristen works full time as a public school administrator and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College, a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Indiana University, and a Sixth-Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.
LISA CAMMUSO; INSTRUCTOR
Lisa first discovered yoga over ten years ago while looking to heal her body from a car accident and relieve stress from the daily grind of the corporate environment. Her intention is to share her passion for yoga with others and facilitate finding the peace that is within each of us. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training and 95-hour children’s yoga teacher training through Bhogah Yoga at Bloom Yoga Fitness Studios. Lisa has had the fortune to practice with Tao Porchon-Lynch and Dharma Mittra and looks forward to continuously learning from gurus and students. Lisa values yoga as a means to re-energize and challenge the body, mind, and spirit and weaves these principles into her classes.
MORGAN WALLACE; INSTRUCTOR
Morgan’s passion for yoga quickly developed after attending her first class in 2006. At the time, she was a competitive dancer and hoped that yoga would help her maintain her flexibility. She found that practicing yoga not only provided her with the physical benefits she was seeking, but also improved the wellbeing of her mind and spirit. Desiring to share her love of yoga with others, and to deepen her understanding of the practice, Morgan made the decision to become a certified Yoga Instructor. In the summer of 2007, Morgan began her training at the world-renowned Kripalu Yoga Center. Under the guidance of Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds, Morgan received her 200 Hour yoga teacher training certificate and became certified through Yoga Alliance. As a health enthusiast and lover of all forms of movement, Morgan also enjoys teaching Barre, Yoga Sculpt, and Kickboxing classes. In 2011, Morgan received a certification in Group Fitness through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and most recently became a certified PiYo Strength Instructor. Morgan’s classes offer a unique blend of styles, where students of all levels enjoy the comforts of a warm, safe, and friendly environment.
RENEE BRAUNSDORF; INSTRUCTOR
Promoting health and healing – for herself and others – have always been central values in Renee’s life. After earning her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University, she practiced the art of psychotherapy for many years. Also, as an avid participant in numerous forms of physical exercise, Renee has always been cognizant of the importance of attending to the physical realm in promoting total health. Despite the satisfactions of her work and her workouts, something was missing in her quest for a sense of peace and wellbeing. In the summer of 2004, she attended her first yoga class and was immediately impressed with yoga’s comprehensive attention to the development of the whole person – the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual. It was through her yoga practice and teacher training that Renee first experienced the profound peace that can occur through the connection of mind, body, and spirit in asana practice, breath work, and yogic teachings.Renee strives to maintain a consistent yoga practice on and off the mat, and has been teaching since 2007. She is a graduate of Kim Valeri’s YOGAspirit Studios 200 hour teacher training program. She has also studied Vinyasa, Tantra Hatha Yoga, Anusara, Power Yoga, Yoga Tune Up, and Sanskrit with Seane corn, Kitty Moore, Anne Greene and Todd Norian, Rolf Gates, Jill Miller, Sadie Nardini and Manorama. In June 2009, she receive her certification to teach seniors from the Lotus Gardens Yoga Teacher Training Program. She teaches chair and standing yoga to seniors at Pond Ridge Assisted Living Program in Wallingford, Connecticut. Renee’s true passion is to use her yoga teacher training to help combat veterans. She became certified in October 2009 as a Yoga Warrior instructor in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Mind-Body connection from the Central Mass Yoga Institute with Lucy Cimini.Renee’s classes are eclectic, drawing from many different yogic styles. She believes in building a bridge between the practice on the mat and daily life. Renee designs her classes to be a balance of hard work and playfulness.
SHANNON SNIFFIN; INSTRUCTOR
Shannon had tried yoga a few times but it never really clicked until 2011 when, in search of something to change her sedentary lifestyle and help deal with the stress of work, she decided to give it one more shot. She fell in love with the practice quickly and still kicks herself to this day for not being more open to it when she was younger and (maybe) more flexible. She received her 200 hour teacher certification through Bhogah Yoga in May of 2013 and became certified through Yoga Alliance. Her training is in vinyasa yoga and she has since gone on to complete a yin training with Josh Summers. Her classes are primarily a fusion of the two styles – the warm, moving vinyasa and cooler, resting yin practice. Yoga has played a big part in Shannon’s life over the past few years and has helped her to make many positive changes in her life. She looks forward to using her abilities as a yoga teacher to inspire students to make their own positive changes.
Tara has been a student of yoga since 2007. At the time she was an avid practitioner of aerobic exercise, such as running and track, and it took just one yoga class for her to realize that the stretching and strengthening yoga offers was exactly what her exercise practice needed. It filled a void she was missing mentally and physically and allowed her to open her mind to holistic ways of healing her body. It became a catalyst for her passion in holistic medicine and nutrition. Tara’s yoga practice has been key in her energetic and hopeful approach to inspiring others to live a more healthy, fit, and positive life. Tara’s passion for yoga is seen within her classes, which provide a safe and comfortable environment where students will work hard in their practice all the while experiencing a light-hearted spirit and approach. She holds certifications for EMT-B and CPR, and works as an EMT. She will soon be certified as a fitness instructor through Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Tara is an RYT through Yoga Alliance and completed the 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Bloom Yoga School, under the direction of the encouraging mentors Julie Wallace, Bethany Wallace, Morgan Wallace, and Renee Braunsdorf.